Cruise Fast Facts

The Facts

  • Cruise related activity in Canada generates substantial economic growth.  
  • During the 2016 cruise season, Canadian ports received more than 2 million passengers on hundreds of cruise calls. 

The Figures

  • Direct spending by cruise lines in Canada totaled $933 million, including items such as goods and services necessary for cruise operations, shore-side staffing, port fees & services, equipment, and advertising & promotion.
  • Direct spending by cruise passengers - including lodging, tours & transportation, food & beverage, and retail - totaled just over half a billion dollars in 2016, a 12% increase since 2012.
  • The number of jobs generated by the industry in Canada - direct and indirect - is estimated at just over 23,000, paying just over $1 billion in salaries and wages.

Economic Benefits to the Canadian Economy come from:

Spending by cruise passengers and crew, including:

  • shore excursions,
  • restaurants,
  • retail goods,
  • travel to and from the port, and
  • hotels and entertainment before and after the voyage

Spending by the cruise lines to maintain cruise operations, including:

  • food and beverage
  • port services
  • fuel
  • vessel maintenance and repair 

Shore-side benefits include:

  • local employment,
  • land transportation for passengers and crew, and
  • supporting local tourism

Read The Economic Contribution of the International Cruise Industry in Canada - Backgrounder (latest data from 2016).

                        

ECONOMICS NEWS

April 25, 2017
The Economic Contribution of the International Cruise Industry in the Atlantic Provinces in 2016 - Backgrounder
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The Economic Contribution of the International Cruise Industry in Québec / St. Lawrence Region in 2016 - Backgrounder
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 During 2016, cruise ships calling at all Québec ports generated a total of 252,283 passenger visits.

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